In July we drove around the UK for 1 week, it was such a relief to escape the hot, sticky, muggy Shenzhen weather. It was perfect temperature and clear skies for most of the trip.
First stop on our 1 week driving tour was Windsor, a short drive from Heathrow Airport, a nice morning for a short drive and Windsor was a nice place to start our trip with a small breakfast before checking out the sites.
We did the tour of the castle, and then walked through the castle’s gardens, it was so nice to see so much green grass, we laid in it for 2minutes until a dog came along and ruined everything.
In the afternoon we drove to a small town called Southampton about 1 hour away, went here to break the trip up and so we could visit Stonehenge in the morning.
Checked in to our hotel and found some dinner.
Next day we made our way to Stonehenge, stopping on the side of the road to get some fresh cherries and strawberries ;)
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
I couldn’t imagine in 2500BC how people manage to move all these huge stone together and made them useful. it is a miracle, tons of tourists come over just to see the stones and admire the intelligence of the ancient people.
After Stonehenge we made our way to the city of Bath, first thing I noticed when driving over and down the hill into Bath was the stunning architecture, and the gorgeous parks.
The main attraction of Bath is obviously the Roman Baths, its amazing to see how the Roman’s made use of the hot springs all those years ago. Peronally I wouldn’t want to take a bath in it, it is very very dirty looking. I guess back then was not like this. There are some modern baths around where you can try, I would wonder are they real water from this hot spring?
After the bath we continue walked around this ancient town, joined a walking tour, had dinner and ice cream then headed to Bristol.
The next day in the morning we did a lot of shopping and eating, after lunch we went for a drive to the Clifton Suspension bridge, and walked across and up to the park, sat in the park and took pictures of the great view.
Later in the day we visited some of the beautiful parks, and went to one on top of a big hill, we sat down and enjoyed the afternoon sun :) Watching kids fall down the hill and cry. When it was time to leave we ran down the grassy hills, reminding me of some of the things I used to do as a child.
After Bristol was completed it was off to try and get my university days feeling back, so it was off to oldest university in the English speaking world… Oxford.
We stayed in a small family hotel on the outskirts of Oxford in the middle of the forest, also visited a town about 1 hour away called Bicester to a factory seconds Shopping Village.
Oxford has a bit of a magical feeling about it, when you walk the streets with all the old universities surrounding, you can picture yourself living the college life all those years ago, not to mention Oxford is the place where the writer of “Alice in wonderland” spent a lot of his time.
We spent time looking at some of the different universities in Oxford, but rarely saw any of the students, not sure where they were hiding (probably the bars).
Next day we drove about 30 mins to Blenheim Palace, a birth and marriage place of Winston Churchill. This Palace had huge impressive gardens surrounding the whole palace, with a river along one side. I would definitely not want to live in a house this big, but would take the gardens anytime:)
The last day driving around UK, made our way to another college town… Cambridge! I have always wanted to visit Cambridge one of the reasons is because I often see it in movies, another reason is because it is a college town, and I love school!
The first thing to do when arriving in Cambridge was of course, try out Punting!
I let a young handsome man do most of the punting work, but I did give it a short try and then thought I would rather lay down and relax instead of running the risk of falling in the water!
We had time for just a quick walk around Cambridge, but I have to say, Punting is my favorite way to see Cambridge, handsome young guy punting (he also did a guided tour with his vast knowledge on the area), while I sit, relax and take in the sites. Students sit along the river with books, it s calm, beautiful scenery and romantic.
There are a lot more memories from my UK driving trip, but I can’t take up all of your time. So now its off to London! I will tell you about this in another post;)